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Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program

Research Training

Research training in the clinical program involves completing both methodology courses and original empirical research (research involving data collection).

Course work in research includes three required graduate statistics courses (Experimental Design, Advanced Correlational Methods and Factor Analysis, and one advanced course, including Multivariate Statistics or Structural Equation Modeling.). In addition, all first year clinical students take a course in clinical research methods focusing on experimental and quasi-experimental design, psychometric concepts, and passive observational designs, all with particular application to clinical populations and research issues.

The second major component of research training involves completion of two original research projects: the "second year project " and the dissertation. Both projects are designed and implemented with input, supervision, and monitoring from a faculty research advisor or dissertation committee. The research mentoring experience matches the student’s level of training with the level of expectations for student input into the conceptualization, design, implementation, and analysis of the study. Thus, the level of independent student input to the conceptualization, design, implementation, and analysis of the study increases from the second year project to the dissertation.

Faculty within the clinical division conduct programmatic research that has attracted national attention. Areas of research presently being pursued by clinical faculty include eating disorders, personality assessment, assessment of child/adolescent psychopathology, cognitive development and social problem solving in children and adolescents, effects and treatment of child abuse and other trauma, neuropsychological assessment, development of clinical case formulations, cognitive and behavioral therapy of anxiety and depressive disorders in children and adults, nicotine addiction, health psychology, and spanish-speaking and community interventions. The clinical and research interests of each clinical faculty member are described on their Web pages

Students are admitted to the program with the expectation that they will begin their research training with the clinical faculty member who was the primary person involved in their recruitment. Most students remain with their initial faculty research advisor for the second year project and dissertation. However, it is recognized that the student’s (or faculty member’s) research interests may change or that certain pairings may not work out for other reasons. In such cases, the student is expected to switch to another research advisor within the clinical division. Of course, students take numerous courses from faculty outside of the clinical division and often include counseling and experimental faculty with similar interests on their dissertation committee.

Many of our students are excited enough about their research that they present at state, regional, and national conventions or conferences and/or publish in psychological journals. See our list of student accomplishment for more details.